Annual UWM Student Research Paper and Project Contest
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Women’s & Gender Studies hosts the annual UWM Student Research Paper & Project Contest. The contest winners are recognized at the annual Women’s & Gender Studies Student Awards Ceremony held in March.
Guidelines and Entry Form
Contact the WGS main office at 414-229-5918 for deadline information.
Undergraduate and graduate research papers or projects having to do with women, gender, sexuality, feminism, or feminist thinking which were completed at UWM during the previous year are eligible for entry.
Prizes are awarded in the following four categories:
- Undergraduate Research Paper – This paper, a minimum of five, double-spaced, typed pages, must demonstrate original thinking and critical engagement with the use of primary and/or secondary sources. (Book reports will not be accepted.)
- Undergraduate Project – Projects could include, for example, a piece or portfolio of art work, a video production, a curriculum design, a musical composition, an architectural or engineering design, an original literary piece such as a poem or short story, or an essay based primarily on personal or autobiographical reflection. Please include an abstract.
- Graduate Research Paper – This paper, approximately 10-20 double-spaced, typed pages, will likely utilize primary sources such as documents, statistical data, or interviews in an original research project written for a graduate course or seminar, or in an independent study.
- Graduate Project – Projects could include, for example, a piece or portfolio of art work, a video production, a curriculum design, a musical composition, an architectural or engineering design, an original literary piece such as a poem or short story. Projects should demonstrate a professional level of expertise. Please include an abstract.
A submission form (available in Women’s & Gender Studies office) completed by the student must accompany all papers and projects. Instructors are encouraged to nominate student work they find to be particularly meritorious, although this is not a prerequisite for submission. That is, students may submit their work on their own.
- Papers and Projects submitted by students
Students may submit their own work, without instructor nomination, by completing a submission form and following the instructions in the detailed submission instructions listed below.
- Papers and Projects submitted by instructors
Instructors should send a letter stating why the work being nominated is meritorious. The student whose work is being nominated should be directed to fill out a submission form and attach it to the work that is submitted.
Detailed Submission Instructions
- Submit ONE unstapled copy of written work or ONE copy of a project.
- Written work must be typed, double-spaced, with a one-inch margin; all pages should be numbered consecutively (including the bibliography).
- All projects should be presented in as professional a manner as possible; for example, photos should be matted. Please include an abstract.
- Student name should be only on the submission form – not on the title page or any other place within the paper or on the project.
- Include a title page that lists the title of the paper and its submission category
(e.g., Undergraduate Research Paper).
- A submission form completed by the student must accompany all papers and projects. The paper or project submitted for the contest may be a revision of the original submitted for the course.
Judging and Awards
A committee of impartial judges is drawn from Women’s & Gender Studies staff and affiliated faculty/staff across campus. The entries undergo a blind judging process. The decision of the judges is final.
Judges, instructors, and winners are invited to attend the Women’s & Gender Studies Student Awards Ceremony during Women’s History Month.
Look for each year’s UWM Student Research Paper and Project Contest announcement on our homepage under the News and Events section. You may also wish to contact the WGS main office at 414-229-5918 for more information about the deadline, submission process, and the Student Awards Ceremony.